Online Discussion on Post-Pandemic Intercultural Prospects
Within the cooperation with Saint Martin's University, Lacey, Washington, USA, PetrSU held an online discussion Post-Pandemic Intercultural Prospects: language, education, travel, and climate change.
Among the participants of the discussion were the teachers of Saint Martin's University Irina Gendelman, Jeff Birkenstein, and Jamie Olson, as well as the teachers of the Department of English Language of the Institute of Foreign Languages of PetrSU the Associate Professors Vadim Pavlov and Igor Krasnov, senior teacher Svetlana Filon, as well as students of Saint Martin's University and the Institute of Foreign Languages of PetrSU (programs English Language and German Language; French Language and English Language).
The moderator of the discussion was David Martin, the Head of the Office of International Programs and Development of Saint Martin's University.
The participants of the meeting discussed the following questions:
What changes will take place in international education, foreign language learning, and traveling abroad?
· What is the value of international education, foreign language learning, and traveling abroad? Can these activities be combined?
· In the era of virtual technologies, what is their impact on education, foreign language learning, and intercultural communication?
· In the era of climate change, what environmental issues concern those involved in education, foreign language learning, etc.? How can you travel responsibly and study other cultures?
The moderator of the discussion Dave Martin noted:
“I sincerely enjoyed our discussion! Everything went well and I particularly appreciated the involvement of the students who shared their views on the issues. Let us meet again, perhaps in the fall. We are arranging a virtual discussion with another partner of ours. I think we have established a tradition of a kind in our community! Thank you for coming together! Thank you for your time and participation in this project! We should continue hearing out the stories and opinions on international relations, communication, and education. We will certainly continue our job!”